2. Wicker Parks and Recreation
Think living in the city means less green space? Think again. Wicker Park is home to some lovely outdoor public areas, beginning with its namesake, Wicker Park. Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave., this Chicago Park District facility covers almost five acres and features a field house with a gymnasium, an outdoor children’s playground with water extras, community gardens, a historic fountain, and a dog-friendly area, as well as a baseball field, basketball courts, and an athletic field for soccer or football.
Wicker Park is also home to part of the 606 Trail, (the Bloomingdale Trail) an exceptional elevated trail for walkers, cyclists, and joggers. This trail truly exemplifies the spirit and diversity of the community. You’ll find families going for a bike ride, friends strolling while enjoying a cup of coffee, or serious athletes getting their workout done surrounded by the sights and sounds of Wicker Park.
3. Entertainment & Dining
You’re never at a loss for something to do in Wicker Park. The intersection of N. Damen Ave., Milwaukee Ave., and North Ave. is a hotbed for nightlife, dining, and shopping. Cozy sidewalk cafes, sophisticated eateries, and trendy bars coexist with neighborhood pubs, music clubs, art galleries, vintage shops, and independently owned boutiques. Whether you want to listen to live music, dance the night away, laugh till it hurts, or add a little culture to your life, Wicker Park offers a variety of concert halls, dance clubs, comedy clubs, art galleries, and theaters. If you’re a foodie, then there’s plenty to explore here. There’s something for every palate – from comfort food like pizza, burgers, barbecue, and hot dogs, to a range of ethnic choices including Italian, Mediterranean, Latin, Asian, and Indian – just to name a few! You can also find exceptional vegan cafes, as well as warm and friendly spots for breakfast and brunch.
4. Transportation and Walkability
One of the perks of living in the city is being able to walk everywhere or take public transportation. Not having to rely on a car to get everywhere is liberating! Wicker Park scores high in this category. It’s easy to navigate whether it’s for recreation or purpose. When walking isn’t the quickest option, public transportation and cycling are great alternatives. With a number of Blue Line stops, and approximately eight CTA bus routes, getting to and from Wicker Park, neighboring communities, and into downtown couldn’t be any easier. And, between the 606 Trail, Milwaukee Ave. and a number of designated bike paths, cyclists can get to their destination with ease.
Find Your Dream Home in Wicker Park
If you’re ready to learn more about this exciting Chicago community, contact me or visit my Wicker Park Neighborhood page for more details including school information, market reports, and real estate listings. I’m passionate about finding the right home and community that best fits your lifestyle. Let me help you find your dream home in Chicago!
This post was first published on my website, Terri Buseman, in February 4, 2020.